The 10-year-old boy, identified in the finding by his initials, J.M., was found guilty of violating Rule 6 of the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline, which prohibits pupils from possessing a weapon or dangerous instrument, including a pistol, rifle, shotgun, pellet gun and bullets on school property after a tribunal hearing held Dec. 7.
The pupil brought the gun, which was unloaded, and six bullets inside his key chain pouch, to school the morning of Nov. 17, according to information from school officials that day and the tribunal finding.
He was arrested that day and transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice after his parents were contacted.
A concerned parent anonymously called the school that morning saying a student had brought a gun to school. A campus safety officer, Remille Ables, was told of the call, and she quickly found J.M. with the gun and ammunition and took him into custody. Ables was named Officer of the Month at the Richmond County school board meeting Tuesday for her actions.
The tribunal on Dec. 7 decided to suspend him for the rest of the semester, which ends Friday, and the first 10 days of the second semester, which begins Jan. 3.
Once he returns to school in mid-January, he will not be allowed to ride the bus at first. If he behaves well, the tribunal ruled, J.M. will be allowed back on the bus beginning Feb. 1. An emergency evaluation will be conducted.
The panel said it showed leniency because of J.M.'s young age and grade.